Fish protections costly


Making improvements to the Willamette River basin to protect fish could cost up to $1.2 billion.

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The Department of Environmental Quality estimates it would cost up to $1.2 billion to make improvements to the Willamette River basin to protect fish.

The fixes include adding shade trees in an effort to cool water temperatures, which would help imperiled native fish.

Warmer water makes the river far less friendly to native fish that need colder water for spawning, growth and survival, said Jodi Lemmer, land steward at McKenzie River Trust, a nonprofit group doing riverside conservation and restoration.

Riverside trees not only shade the water but also create a buffer along the banks that serves as general wildlife habitat, Lemmer said.

Read the full story at The Register-Guard.

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